Happy Hollow Foundation

corporate & foundation giving

Join our signature event, the Hoot & Howl

On one special night, just the adults get to come out and play at Silicon Valley’s must-attend social event of the season, benefiting Happy Hollow Park & Zoo. Keep up on the latest at our Hoot & Howl page. 

Who has not had the dream of sneaking into a zoo or museum after closing and getting to hang out with friends one magical night?  Happy Hollow Foundation designed this un-gala event with that childhood dream in mind. Race a bath tub, climb the stairs to our sake bar on the Redwood Lookout Tower, try your hand at shadow puppetry, and of course get up close with some very intriguing animal ambassadors.  We’ve tucked foodie stations and bars throughout the party venue to make it more fun for groups of any size to play and support without having to be anchored to a table.  We have plenty of lounges and quieter activities for those who prefer to be casual observers. No boring assigned seating here, just partying and relaxation! 

We have built in a lot of fun, but everything ties back to the mission of Happy Hollow (animals, puppetry, play). We hope this concept appeals to your inner child – and your inner philanthropist! 

Why is sponsorship a great community investment?  Happy Hollow’s zoo is accredited with the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) which assures you that we have the highest standards of animal care and life science education in the zoo profession.  We were the first park & zoo in the U.S. to achieve LEED Gold accreditation for our entire facility, and we are the winner of the Acterra Business Award for Sustainability.  The 430,000 annual visitors may not notice those things as they ride on Danny the Dragon, play with the goats and visit our jaguar, Sophia, but isn’t it a clever way to promote multigenerational fun and learning that also lends to San Jose’s unique sense of place?

Please join us in supporting as a sponsor of Hoot & Howl (view packet here).  Our goal this year is to raise $100,000 in event sponsorship, with your help.  Past event sponsorships and local business support have led to many advances that would not have been possible, including scholarship outreach of science education programs (with live animals!) to Title 1 schools, renovation of vintage attractions including The Crooked House and Puppet Castle Theater, animal habitat upgrades and renovations in the lower zoo and establishment of engaging day time and evening programming for park & zoo visitors, like the Summer Animal Show, Senior Safari Walkabout and Conservation Lecture Series.

Logo Sponsors at all levels receive a full safari of eight tickets to the event. This is the perfect place for employees to play together, support a San Jose legend, and have a company party without anyone from staff having to organize the details (we’ve done that for you). 

Please join us in celebrating the seventh annual Hoot & Howl as a Sponsor or Safari Captain by submitting the Sponsor Form or Safari Captain form today to receive the maximum exposure for your logo. This is the perfect place for employees to play together, support a San Jose legend, and have a company party without anyone from staff having to organize the details (we’ve done that for you). Or contact Heather Lerner for details on sponsoring at (408) 277-3498.Thank you for your consideration!

Be on our Dragon Donor Board:

Eye catching and prominent longer term recognition for donors at the $2,500 level and above  call 408-277-3498.

Happy Hollow Dragon Donor Board


Exhibit & Ride Sponsorship:

Join Air Systems Foundation, Friends of Holly Hayes, Dustin Lakin of Rock Stars, Stella Gross Charitable Trust, Sprig Electric, Kiwanis, and Happy Hollow Foundation donors in sponsoring a ride or exhibit. Sponsorships begin at $10,000 for annual or longer term name placement

Sponsorship opportunities are available for exhibits, rides, amusements, special events and ad campaigns. Partner your brand with Happy Hollow to show your civic pride to over 450,000 guests a year. Call 408-277-3498.


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